Chinese Animated Film ‘New Gods: Yang Jian’ Gets North American Distribution

Chinese animation studio Light Chaser Animation is bringing their latest film ‘New Gods: Yang Jian’ to the United States after securing a distribution deal with GKids. Being released in China on August 19, it will make its way to North American theaters in early 2023 with an English dub.

Directed by Ji Zhao, it is the third in an animated fantasy movie franchise that retells the stories of Chinese mythological figures. The film stars Kai Wang, Guanlin Ji, Lihong Li, and Lanling Li.

GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt explained, “Light Chaser Animation is one of the most exciting CG studios working today, and we are thrilled to continue our relationship on their newest film New Gods: Yang Jian.” He added, “The film drips with style, bringing a unique and action-packed spin on a classic Chinese story. We can’t wait to share it with American audiences early next year.”

You can watch the trailer below:

GKids describes the synopsis as follows,

“Thirteen years after Yang Jian (known to some as Erlang Shen) imprisoned his sister beneath a mountain, the once powerful god now scrapes by as a penniless bounty hunter. When a mysterious woman hires him for a new job, Yang Jian soon finds himself chasing down a familiar figure. He must stop Chenxiang, his long-lost nephew, who is in search of the magical lotus lantern that will free his mother, even if it will bring catastrophe. As Yang Jian confronts the actions of his past, he must face a host of dangerous vigilantes seeking the same treasure with the power to alter the balance of their worlds.

This latest entry in the New Gods universe from Light Chaser Animation (‘White Snake,’ ‘New Gods: Nezha Reborn’) features awe-inspiring action sequences set against breathtaking and wildly imaginative environments. Combining ancient lore with dazzling animation, ‘New Gods: Yang Jian’ is a timeless adventure of epic proportions featuring one of China’s legendary mythic figures.”

The film opened number one at the Chinese box office.

Jacob Airey

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